Course overview

Successful ecological restoration requires an integrated understanding of the ecological parameters of a site, together with the physical, chemical, and biotic factors that may influence desired outcomes. However, restoration objectives also need appreciation of the historical context of the site as well as possible social considerations that may limit the desired outcomes. In short ecological restoration is frequently ‘the art of balancing the possible’.

This course covers the breadth of considerations required for ecological restoration and gives the opportunity to undertake management planning at both site and landscape scales.

In addition, successful ecological restoration requires an understanding of appropriate remediation technologies. Consequently, this course also introduces a range of suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land including clean-up methods for soils, sediments and water.

Key facts file

Course Dates:

4 - 8 Feb 2019

Title: Ecological Restoration

Short Course - Five Days

Entry Requirements:

This Ecological Restoration course is designed for graduates with a degree in a related subject. In some circumstances, relevant work experience may be accepted as qualification for entry to this course. Enquire directly to see if you qualify.

Credits: 10
Cost: £1400.00
Course Provider: Cranfield University
Course Arrangements: Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location: Cranfield University
Course Logistics:

Mixed Cohort: AFTP participants will attend their course alongside full and part-time postgraduate students studying at the delivery university

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles underlying restoration ecology and ecological restoration in local, national and global contexts.
  • Identify the environmental and biological controls on plant community composition and ecosystem structure.
  • Describe the mechanisms underlying natural successional patterns in vegetation communities, as well as humaninduced changes in habitat-type.
  • Evaluate suitable technologies for the remediation of different types of contaminated land.
  • Relate habitat management to ecosystem function.
  • At different scales, plan ecosystem creation or restoration based on the biotic and abiotic context of the area.
  • Design and assess the feasibility and appropriateness of a habitat restoration scheme.


Additional Course Information

Areas covered on this course will include:

  • The principles of ecological restoration.
  • Abiotic and biotic controls on community composition.
  • Habitat management for faunal conservation.
  • Effects of changes in climate and land use on conservation practices.
  • Habitat case studies.
  • Contaminated land and remediation technologies.
  • Contaminated land issues and market size.
  • Practical techniques for effective ecological restoration, habitat creation and restoration.
  • Monitoring and modelling contaminants.
  • Hazard appraisal and risk assessment.
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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